Daniela Degrassi, Founder and Editor of The Kind Bride, a Vegan Wedding Community and Guide
The Kind Bride is a blog/community for vegan nuptials and wedding vendors alike, making it easier to plan a vegan wedding.
Made Lokal: How long have you been a vegan?
The Kind Bride: I’ve been vegan since May 2014. When it finally dawned on me, it was quite an overwhelming feeling, I cried often and felt useless. I had an urge to become an activist but being such an emotional wreck I found that gearing towards a non-egressive vegan activism worked better for me. My feeling is that showing the benefits of veganism instead of pointing fingers at meat eaters could even be more effective (although I admit the cruelty-scenes just did the trick for me). But I do understand and have a lot of respect for the hard core animal protectors who shout on the streets for animal liberation.
Made Lokal: How did you come about starting The Kind Bride?
The Kind Bride: I’ve been a wedding and lifestyle photographer for over 15 years mainly working in California and in my native Italy. I'm an incurable enthusiast and live life with great passion, I love to travel, connect with people and I never get bored! A great part of my life is being a caregiver for my autistic sister. Having a creative outlet is important to me and for a few years I experimented fashion design, launching my own vegan bridal-friendly line Annaborgia.
Made Lokal: What constitutes a vegan wedding dress?
The Kind Bride: A vegan bridal gown has to be made with textiles and materials that are not animal derived. Silk, wool, leather for example are not vegan. Silk is often used for constructing wedding dresses, as it is considered a luxurious textile. Nowadays, there are new technologies developing silk-like materials that are a perfect substitute to silk without having to give up elegance. Most vegan wedding dresses available on the market now are made of synthetic fibers or natural fibers such as cotton, bamboo or nettle organza so I look forward to these new materials becoming more available to designers.
Made Lokal: Is creating vegan meals for wedding guests challenging?
The Kind Bride: For non vegans it surely may look like it. I recently interviewed Anthea Amore, founder of Organic Passion, a Vegan Catering company in Australia, and she described quite a few episodes of non-vegan guests that would come up to her to compliment on the food served at her vegan events. There are many talented chefs and caterers out there that can provide an amazing culinary experience for wedding guests, just a brilliant way to show that vegan food has come a long way in the recent years and can definitely compete in flavors, and are an absolute healthier alternative to animal products.
There are many vegan caterers available around the world. I am finding more and more every day and keep adding it to our Vegan Wedding Directory. And what I’ve seen lately is also some traditional caterers offering vegan options to brides and grooms. I’ve recently connected with a vegan wedding planning service in LA and look forward to collaborate with them. Generally though, wedding planners can tackle any type of situation, so if someone would like to plan a vegan wedding I am sure they will find the resources to help their clients.
Made Lokal: What should we expect from The Kind Bride in the future?
The Kind Bride: I am now looking to expand our team of bloggers, from vegan brides to wedding experts and grow our community on the website and on Facebook. Later on, I’d like to focus on a eShop area where vegan brides can easily access to products for their vegan weddings.
If you are, or know, a resource involved in the vegan industry, connect with The Kind Bride to recommend a resource via:
If you are a vegan vendor or bride or groom to be, follow The Kind Bride on:
- Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/thekindbride/
- Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.it/thekindbride/
- Twitter: https://twitter.com/thekindbride
The Kind Bride also just launched a Facebook Community Group where vegan brides and vendors can mingle, communicate and connect.
Pictures from @TheKindBride + Anthea Amore
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